Category Archives: 1st Amendment

Media BiASS: Mostly Crap. Little Substance!

Networks: Ferguson ‘Relieved’ By Eric Holder’s Visit; ‘A Step Towards Transparency’


Between Wednesday’s evening newscasts and Thursday’s morning shows, NBC, CBS, and ABC all praised Attorney General Eric Holder’s visit to Ferguson, Missouri. On Wednesday’sNBC Nightly News, correspondent Ron Allen proclaimed: “Those demanding justice for Michael Brown are relieved that Eric Holder is here because they simply don’t trust the local authorities.” On Thursday’s CBS This Morning, correspondent Vladimir Duthiers similarly announced: “The visit by Attorney General Eric Holder to Ferguson was really an effort by the White House to try to bring back confidence to a community that’s just been torn apart by the shooting of the 18-year-old Michael Brown….Now, many here are seeing Holder’s presence as a step towards transparency.”


NBC and ABC Ignore Obama Admin. Broke Law With Bergdahl Exchange; CBS Gives It 24 Seconds


After Thursday’s network evening newscasts ignored a report from the Government Accountability Office that the exchange of five terrorists from Guantanamo Bay for Army Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl was illegal, NBC’s Today and ABC’s Good Morning Americaremained silent on the Obama administration scandal on Friday. Only CBS This Morningmade any mention of the violation of federal law, providing a mere 24-second news brief on the topic. Meanwhile, both Today and GMA did find time to produce full reports on a contestant on VH1’s Dating Naked reality show suing the cable network for showing her naked on the program.


Ed Schultz Examines Why Heartless Republicans ‘Claim to be Christians’ But Are ‘Mean’ to the Poor


Liberal MSNBC anchor Ed Schultz on Wednesday examined a viewer question as to why heartless Republicans “claim to be Christians” while, at the same time, being “mean” to the poor. The Ed Show host ranted, “Well, they are mean to the poor because they don’t recognize the poor. They think if you’re poor and economically challenged in this country, it’s your own damned fault.”


ABC and NBC Fail to Cite Hamas Official Admitting to Group’s Kidnapping and Murder of Israeli Teens in June


The morning news shows for the major broadcast networks came and went on Thursday and two of the three networks in ABC and NBC refused to mention a key revelation in the ongoing fighting between Israel and the Islamic terrorist group Hamas. After previously denying involvement, a senior Hamas official admitted to the group’s involvement in the kidnapping and murder of three Israeli teenagers in early June that later led to the intense fighting throughout the summer. The other major broadcast network, CBS, did mention this new development at the end of a 21-second news brief on its morning show, CBS This Morning. Co-host Norah O’Donnell reported that: “Also this morning, for the first time, Hamas officials confirm that the group kidnapped three Israeli teenagers who were killed back in June.”


CBS Offers a Shockingly Positive Look at Women and Guns: A ‘Great American Tradition’


CBS This Morning on Thursday offered something Americans rarely see on network television: A thoroughly positive look at guns and the affinity women have for shooting. Reporter Jan Crawford told viewers that this is “completely removed” from gun violence. She enthused, “These women see their sport as this great American tradition that they hope their daughters and their granddaughters will continue and that others will go out and pick up those guns as well.”


WashPost Writer Steers Daughter from Redskins Outfit for Teddy Bear Because of Team’s ‘Blatantly Racist Name’


Washington Post parenting writer Mari-Jane Williams took to the paper’s Thursday Local Living section to continue the paper’s advocating the name “Redskins” be stripped from the city’s NFL team through a conversation she had with her seven-year-old daughter after she wanted “to buy a Redskins outfit” for a bear she had at home. Upon hearing her daughter’s request, she told readers it was then that “we had to have the talk.” in which she told her “I don’t think so, honey. I think you should pick something else.” Williams informed her daughter that the team’s name “has become a political statement, and not a good one” that is “an offensive word for a group of people” and she agreed that the team should change their name

Should I Really Join Facebook?

Should I Really Join 
Facebook? (Priceless)
Read it all the way through!
It’s a good laugh! AND really quite true!

A good laugh for people in the over 60 group.
When I bought my Blackberry, I thought about the 30-year business I ran with 1800 employees, all without a cell phone that plays music, takes videos, pictures and
communicates with Facebook and Twitter.
I signed up under duress for Twitter and Facebook, so my seven kids, their spouses, my 13 grand kids and 2 great grand kids could communicate with me in the
modern way. I figured I could handle something as simple as Twitter with only 140 characters of space.
My phone was beeping every three minutes with the details of everything except the bowel movements of the entire next generation. I am not
ready to live like this. I keep my cell phone in the garage in my golf bag.
The kids bought me a GPS for my 
last birthday because they say I get lost every now and
then going over to the grocery store or library. I keep that in a box under my tool bench with the Blue tooth [it's red] phone I am supposed to use when I drive. I wore it once and was standing in line at Barnes and Noble talking to my wife and everyone in the nearest 50 yards was glaring at me. I had to take my hearing aid out to use it, and I got a little loud.
I mean the GPS looked pretty smart on my dash board, but the lady inside that gadget was the 
most annoying, rudest person I had run into in a long
time. Every 10 minutes, she would sarcastically say,
“Re-calc-u-lating.” You would think that she could be nicer. It was like she could barely tolerate me. She would let go with a deep sigh and then tell me to
make a U-turn at the next light. Then if I made a right turn instead. Well, it was not a good relationship…

When I get really lost now, I call my wife and tell her the name of the cross streets and while 
she is starting to develop the same tone as Gypsy, the
GPS lady, at least she loves me.
To be perfectly frank, I am still trying to learn how to use the cordless phones in our house. 
We have had them for 4 years, but I still haven’t
figured out how I lose three phones all at once and have to run around digging under chair cushions, checking bathrooms, and the dirty laundry baskets when the phone rings.
The world is just getting too complex for me. 
They even mess me up every time I go to the grocery store. You would think they could settle on something themselves but this sudden
“Paper or Plastic?” every time I check out just
knocks me for a loop. I bought some of those cloth reusable bags to avoid looking confused, but I never remember to take them with me.
Now I toss it back to them. 
When they ask me, “Paper or plastic?” I just say, “Doesn’t matter to me. I am bi-sacksual.” Then it’s their turn to stare at me with a blank look. I was recently asked if I tweet. I answered, “No, but I do fart a lot.”
P.S. I know some of you are not 
over 60. I sent it to you to allow you to forward it to
those who are. I figured your sense of humor could handle it.
We senior citizens don’t need 
any more gadgets. The TV remote and the garage door remote are about all we can handle.

Gideon’s Success Test

Gideon’s Success Test

August 22

"All Israel prostituted themselves by worshiping [the idol] there, and it became a snare to Gideon and his family" (Judg. 8:27).

Israel was at war with the Midianites and the Amalekites. So God chose a humble young man, Gideon, to deliver Israel by cleansing the land of idols. After submitting a fleece to determine it was God calling him, Gideon obeyed the Lord and destroyed the pagan idols in the region. Then he summoned a large army – over 30,000 men – to fight the Midianites and Amalekites. God said the army was too large, so He first reduced Gideon’s army 10,000 men, and then to a mere 300 men. When God gave Israel the victory with an army of only 300 men, all of Israel knew that it was the power of God, not the strength of his army.

If the story had ended there, all would have been well. But at the moment of Israel’s triumph, Gideon stumbled. He told the people, "I do have one request, that each of you give me an earring from your share of the plunder." The Israelites took the gold from the bodies of the enemy dead and Gideon melted it and fashioned it into an idol. The Bible calls this idol an ephod, a word that refers to a ceremonial breastplate?Gideon probably depicted the Lord God as a warrior with an ephod of gold.

But God does not allow Himself to be represented by an idol. This idol was an offense against God and a trap for the people. After Gideon’s death, the Israelites again worshiped the pagan god Baal. They forgot the Lord God who rescued them from their enemies.

The story of Gideon has a great beginning, but a tragic ending. This is an instructive lesson for us all. As the apostle Paul tells us, "If you think you are standing firm, be careful that you don’t fall!" (1 Cor.10:12).

If we fail the Success Test we must go back to God without fear. We can ask Him to help us learn the lessons of our failure and to strengthen us for another effort. The God of second chances is able to accomplish His purpose through us even if we have failed Him many times before.

When Evil Thoughts Oppress

When Evil Thoughts Oppress
For reading & meditation – Matthew 15
"For out of the heart come evil thoughts …" (v. 19)

We turn now to focus on yet another place where life can break us – through the affliction of evil thoughts. I am thinking not simply of an occasional wrong thought popping into one’s mind, but of those situations where people become oppressed by thoughts which are obsessive and repetitive. A letter I received some time ago said, "My private discussions with Christians of all denominations has led me to believe that more are afflicted and oppressed by evil thoughts than we might imagine." When the late Dr. Sangster, the great Methodist preacher, once visited Bexhill-on-Sea, he found a lovely avenue of trees. A nature lover to the core, he walked admiringly up and down the avenue, and then noticed a strange thing. Two of the trees were dead, and not only dead, but dismally and evilly offensive. Frost could not account for it; their neighbors were all healthy. He made inquiries, and found out that the gas main which ran underneath them had been leaking! Everything on the surface had been in their favor – the sea breezes, sunshine, rain … but they had been poisoned from beneath. There are many Christians like that. Perhaps you are one. The circumstances of their lives all seem in their favor – a good job, a happy family, a pleasant environment, a fine church, yet their lives are mysteriously blighted by evil thoughts. Who can help us when our lives are spoiled by continual and oppressive evil thoughts? Jesus can! Christ can not only heal the brokenness but also make you strong at the broken place.

Prayer: O Father, I am so grateful that You are showing me Your indomitable way. You can do more than sustain me in my weakness; You can turn my weakness into strength. Make me strong in this area. For Jesus’ sake. Amen.

For Further Study
Matthew 5:27-48; 2 Corinthians 10:5; Ephesians 4:22-24
1. List eight ways in which Satan seeks to attack our minds.
2. What is the Christian antidote?